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Slideshow make a wick hydroponic system


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Indoor gardeners check out this DYI guide to build a wick hydroponic system for your house or office. This step-by-step guide will help you build a cheap hydroponic watering system that needs less attention than how you likely water your plants now. Wick-based hydroponic growing helps protect your plant from the drying out then over-watering cycle that hurts the tips and edges of your plant leaves. Try this easy system and visit for more information on growing plants inside.

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Slideshow make a wick hydroponic system

  1. 1. Build a wick watering system Chris Buhler Indoor Garden HQ
  2. 2. Most indoor plant damage is caused by poor watering. ● Tip burn like this is usually caused by letting the plant dry out too much then watering it too much. Find out more about how plants drink and avoiding tip burn at indoorgardenhq.
  3. 3. The things you'll need... This is what we used: Knife or boxcutter (not shown) Cloth – absorbent preferred (not shown) Container/pot with good drainage Container that's watertight Something to lift pot with drainage off bottom of watertight pot Growing media (such as coconut coir) Plants indoorgardenhq
  4. 4. Step 1: Prep the pot indoorgardenhq
  5. 5. Be careful when you cut. Don't cut toward yourself and take your time! indoorgardenhq
  6. 6. Step 2: add the wick The wick needs to be long enough to easily rest on the bottom of the watertight container and also come midway up the pot that contains the plant. indoorgardenhq
  7. 7. Step 3: put something in watertight container to hold up pot ● ● We used a brick that we broke up outside by dropping it several times. Please be careful of your toes and use eye protection if you copy this method. indoorgardenhq
  8. 8. Step 4: add soilless media ● ● ● Hold the wick up as you add the media (we used coconut coir) You'll want the top media of the plant in it's former container to be level with the top media that you add. The top of the media should be 1 to 2 inches below the pot lip. Why use soilless media? Read this blog post on
  9. 9. Step 5: add plant and more media If your plant roots are in a tight ring around the media, gently pull some roots out of the ring. indoorgardenhq
  10. 10. ...the wick is best about halfway between the pot side and plant stem. indoorgardenhq
  11. 11. I water the plant from the top a little... ... then add water to the bottom container. Make sure that the wick sits on the bottom submerged and that the water is below the bottom of the upper pot. indoorgardenhq
  12. 12. In the future you will need to: Water the plant by adding water into the watertight container rather than directly watering the plant's media. (The wick does that job). ● Make sure that the bottom container does not dry out. ● Make sure that the water level in the lower container never reaches the height of the upper container's bottom. ● Every 4 to 6 weeks water from the top to prevent salts from building up too much in the root zone media. ● indoorgardenhq
  13. 13. I should have a picture of this in a nicer container, but we didn't have one big enough. The pot and pail can just be put into a large decorative pot. indoorgardenhq
  14. 14. This one has a nicer container ● ● indoorgardenhq The spout on the pitcher leaves enough of a hole that one can water it (you wouldn't want something tight all the way around). It is difficult in this pot to see the water level, so you'd need to be extra careful not to overfill it.
  15. 15. For more information on indoor gardening click here.
  16. 16. Special thanks to Kaytee! All pictures and text in this document are copyright 2013 by Chris Buhler. Do not use them without express written permission of Chris Buhler. indoorgardenhq